|Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, failure and the drive to keep creating - TED.com|
Elizabeth Gilbert was once an "unpublished diner waitress," devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple -- though hard -- way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; failure; success; writing; TED2014; 2014
|Dan Phillips: Creative houses from reclaimed stuff - TED.com|
In this funny and insightful talk from TEDxHouston, builder Dan Phillips tours us through a dozen homes he's built in Texas using recycled and reclaimed materials in wildly creative ways. Brilliant, low-tech design details will refresh your own creative drive.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxHouston; TED; Talks; architecture; creativity; design; green; technology; 2010
|David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence - TED.com|
Is your school or workplace divided into "creatives" versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create... (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; creativity; design; technology; TED2012; 2012
|Béatrice Coron: Stories cut from paper - TED.com|
With scissors and paper, artist Béatrice Coron creates intricate worlds, cities and countries, heavens and hells. Striding onstage in a glorious cape cut from Tyvek, she describes her creative process and the way her stories develop from snips and slices.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; art; arts; creativity; storytelling; 2011
|Beardyman: The polyphonic me - TED.com|
Frustrated by not being able to sing two notes at the same time, musical inventor Beardyman built a machine to allow him to create loops and layers from just the sounds he makes with his voice. Given that he can effortlessly conjure the sound of everything from crying babies to buzzing flies, not to mention mimic pretty much any musical instrument imaginable, that's a lot of different sounds. Sit back and let the wall of sound of this dazzling performance wash over you.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; entertainment; music; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Erin McKean: Go ahead, make up new words! - TED.com|
In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; communication; creativity; language; TEDYouth 2014; 2014
|Ji-Hae Park: The violin, and my dark night of the soul - TED.com|
In her quest to become a world-famous violinist, Ji-Hae Park fell into a severe depression. Only music was able to lift her out again -- showing her that her goal needn’t be to play lofty concert halls, but instead to bring the wonder of the instrument to as many people as possible.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; live music; music; TED2013; 2013
|Sunni Brown: Doodlers, unite! - TED.com|
Studies show that sketching and doodling improve our comprehension -- and our creative thinking. So why do we still feel embarrassed when we're caught doodling in a meeting? Sunni Brown says: Doodlers, unite! She makes the case for unlocking your brain via pad and pen.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; creativity; culture; presentation; TED2011; 2011
|Julie Taymor: Spider-Man, The Lion King and life on the creative edge - TED.com|
Showing spectacular clips from productions such as Frida, The Tempest and The Lion King, director Julie Taymor describes a life spent immersed in theater and the movies. Filmed right as controversy over her Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was at its peak, she candidly describes the tensions inherent within her creative process, as she strives both to capture the essence of a story--and produce images and experiences unlike anything else.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; entertainment; film; theater; TED2011; 2011
|Claron McFadden: Singing the primal mystery - TED.com|
"The human voice: mysterious, spontaneous, primal." With these words, soprano Claron McFadden invites us to explore the mysteries of breathing and singing, as she performs the challenging "Aria," by John Cage.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxAmsterdam; TED; Talks; arts; creativity; entertainment; music; 2010
|Vik Muniz makes art with wire, sugar - TED.com|
Vik Muniz makes art from pretty much anything, be it shredded paper, wire, clouds or diamonds. Here he describes the thinking behind his work and takes us on a tour of his incredible images.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; art; creativity; design; illusion; 2003
|Shilo Shiv Suleman: Using tech to enable dreaming - TED.com|
Has our technology -- our cell phones and iPods and cameras -- stopped us from dreaming? Young artist Shilo Shiv Suleman says no, as she demos "Khoya," her new storybook for iPad, which floats us through a magical world in 7 minutes of pure creativity.
Keywords: TEDTalks; INK Conference; TED; Talks; art; creativity; 2011
|Liz Diller: A giant bubble for debate - TED.com|
How do you make a great public space inside a not-so-great building? Liz Diller shares the story of creating a welcoming, lighthearted (even, dare we say it, sexy) addition to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; cities; creativity; TED2012; 2012
|Uri Alon: Why truly innovative science demands a leap into the unknown - TED.com|
While studying for his Ph.D in physics, Uri Alon thought he was a failure because all his research paths led to dead ends. But, with the help of improv theater, he came to realize that there could be joy in getting lost. A call for scientists to stop thinking of research as a direct line from question to answer, but as something more creative. It's a message that will resonate, no matter what your field.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; science; theater; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is. - TED.com|
Chip Kidd doesn’t judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book -- and he does it with a wicked sense of humor. In one of the funniest talks from TED2012, he shows the art and deep thought of his cover designs. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; design; humor; literature; TED2012; 2012
|Kirby Ferguson: Embrace the remix - TED.com|
Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; creativity; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! - TED.com|
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; creativity; education; invention; TED2010; 2010
|Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids - TED.com|
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; creativity; education; intelligence; TED2010; 2010
|Mac Barnett: Why a good book is a secret door - TED.com|
Childhood is surreal. Why shouldn't children's books be? In this whimsical talk, award-winning author Mac Barnett speaks about writing that escapes the page, art as a doorway to wonder -- and what real kids say to a fictional whale.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; books; children; creativity; TEDxSonomaCounty; 2014
|Maya Penn: Meet a young entrepreneur, cartoonist, designer, activist … - TED.com|
Maya Penn started her first company when she was 8 years old, and thinks deeply about how to be responsible both to her customers and to the planet. She shares her story -- and some animations, and some designs, and some infectious energy -- in this charming talk.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; entrepreneur; TEDWomen 2013; 2013
|Jared Ficklin: New ways to see music (with color! and fire!) - TED.com|
Designer Jared Ficklin creates wild visualizations that let us see music, using color and even fire (a first for the TED stage) to analyze how sound makes us feel. He takes a brief digression to analyze the sound of a skatepark -- and how audio can clue us in to developing creativity.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; music; visualizations; TED2012; 2012
|Catarina Mota: Play with smart materials - TED.com|
Ink that conducts electricity; a window that turns from clear to opaque at the flip of a switch; a jelly that makes music. All this stuff exists, and Catarina Mota says: It's time to play with it. Mota leads us on a tour of surprising and cool new materials, and suggests that the way we'll figure out what they're good for is to experiment, tinker and have fun.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; design; technology; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Mary Lou Jepsen: Could future devices read images from our brains? - TED.com|
As an expert on cutting-edge digital displays, Mary Lou Jepsen studies how to show our most creative ideas on screens. And as a brain surgery patient herself, she is driven to know more about the neural activity that underlies invention, creativity, thought. She meshes these two passions in a rather mindblowing talk on two cutting-edge brain studies that might point to a new frontier in understanding how (and what) we think.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; creativity; neuroscience; science; TED2013; 2013
|Don Norman on 3 ways good design makes you happy - TED.com|
In this talk from 2003, design critic Don Norman turns his incisive eye toward beauty, fun, pleasure and emotion, as he looks at design that makes people happy. He names the three emotional cues that a well-designed product must hit to succeed.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; creativity; design; happiness; 2003
|Jessi Arrington: Wearing nothing new - TED.com|
Designer Jessi Arrington packed nothing for TED but 7 pairs of undies, buying the rest of her clothes in thrift stores around LA. It's a meditation on conscious consumption -- wrapped in a rainbow of color and creativity.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDActive 2011; TED; Talks; consumerism; creativity; culture; design; 2011
|Lisa Bu: How books can open your mind - TED.com|
What happens when a dream you've held since childhood … doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of boo
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; culture; entertainment; literature; TED2013; 2013
|Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different? - TED.com|
"There's a flip side to everything," the saying goes, and in 2 minutes, Derek Sivers shows this is true in a few ways you might not expect.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; creativity; map; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Martin Villeneuve: How I made an impossible film - TED.com|
Filmmaker Martin Villeneuve talks about Mars et Avril, the Canadian sci-fi spectacular he made with virtually no money. In a charming talk, he explains the various ways he overcame financial and logistical constraints to produce his unique and inventive vision of the future.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; entertainment; film; TED2013; 2013
|Danielle de Niese: A flirtatious aria - TED.com|
Can opera be ever-so-slightly sexy? The glorious soprano Danielle de Niese shows how, singing the flirty "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss." Which, translated, means, as you might guess: "I kiss so hot." From Giuditta by Frans Lehár; accompanist: Ingrid Surgenor.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; creativity; entertainment; sex; TEDGlobal 2011; 2011
|Alexa Meade: Your body is my canvas - TED.com|
Alexa Meade takes an innovative approach to art. Not for her a life of sketching and stretching canvases. Instead, she selects a topic and then paints it--literally. She covers everything in a scene--people, chairs, food, you name it--in a mask of paint that mimics what's below it. In this eye-opening talk Meade shows off photographs of some of the more outlandish results, and shares a new project involving people, paint and milk.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; creativity; design; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|The design genius of Charles + Ray Eames - TED.com|
The legendary design team Charles and Ray Eames made films, houses and classic midcentury modern furniture. Eames Demetrios, their grandson, shows rarely seen films and archival footage in a lively, loving tribute to their creative process.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; children; creativity; design; film; 2007
|Jinsop Lee: Design for all 5 senses - TED.com|
Good design looks great, yes -- but why shouldn't it also feel great, smell great and sound great? Designer Jinsop Lee (a TED Talent Search winner) shares his theory of 5-sense design, with a handy graph and a few examples. His hope: to inspire you to notice great multisensory experiences.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; design; TED2013; 2013
|Willard Wigan: Hold your breath for micro-sculpture - TED.com|
Willard Wigan tells the story of how a difficult and lonely childhood drove him to discover his unique ability -- to create art so tiny that it can't be seen with the naked eye. His slideshow of figures, as seen through a microscope, can only be described as mind-boggling.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2009; TED; Talks; art; arts; creativity; education; 2009
|Young-ha Kim: Be an artist, right now! - TED.com|
Why do we ever stop playing and creating? With charm and humor, celebrated Korean author Young-ha Kim invokes the world's greatest artists to urge you to unleash your inner child -- the artist who wanted to play forever. (Filmed at TEDxSeoul.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; creativity; writing; TEDxSeoul; 2010
|Ayah Bdeir: Building blocks that blink, beep and teach - TED.com|
Imagine a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos. TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; creativity; education; technology; 2012
|Tom Thum: The orchestra in my mouth - TED.com|
In a highly entertaining performance, beatboxer Tom Thum slings beats, comedy and a mouthful of instrumental impersonations into 11 minutes of creativity and fun that will make you smile. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; live music; music; TEDxSydney; 2013
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|Shekhar Kapur: We are the stories we tell ourselves - TED.com|
Where does creative inspiration spring from? At TEDIndia, Hollywood/Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth," "Mr. India") pinpoints his source of creativity: sheer, utter panic. He shares a powerful way to unleash your inner storyteller.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; creativity; entertainment; film; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Tim Harford: Trial, error and the God complex - TED.com|
Economics writer Tim Harford studies complex systems -- and finds a surprising link among the successful ones: they were built through trial and error. In this sparkling talk from TEDGlobal 2011, he asks us to embrace our randomness and start making better mistakes.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; business; creativity; culture; society; 2011
|Joshua Prince-Ramus: Building a theater that remakes itself - TED.com|
Joshua Prince-Ramus believes that if architects re-engineer their design process, the results can be spectacular. Speaking at TEDxSMU, Dallas, he walks us through his fantastic re-creation of the local Wyly Theater as a giant "theatrical machine" that reconfigures itself at the touch of a button.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; arts; creativity; design; theater; TEDxSMU; 2009
|Thomas Heatherwick: Building the Seed Cathedral - TED.com|
A future more beautiful? Architect Thomas Heatherwick shows five recent projects featuring ingenious bio-inspired designs. Some are remakes of the ordinary: a bus, a bridge, a power station ... And one is an extraordinary pavilion, the Seed Cathedral, a celebration of growth and light.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; arts; creativity; design; TED2011; 2011
|Jose Miguel Sokoloff: How Christmas lights helped guerrillas put down their guns - TED.com|
Colombia is a country of exceptional beauty and promise, and it’s also a country where the F.A.R.C. guerrilla movement has incited violence for 50 years. “In my lifetime, I have never lived one day of peace in my country,” says Jose Miguel Sokoloff. This ad executive and his team saw an opportunity to sway guerrillas' hearts and minds with Christmas trees and personalized messages strategically placed throughout the jungle...
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; advertising; creativity; war; TEDGlobal 2014; 2014
|Bassam Tariq: The beauty and diversity of Muslim life - TED.com|
Bassam Tariq is a blogger, a filmmaker, and a halal butcher — but one thread unites his work: His joy in the diversity, the humanness of our individual experiences. In this charming talk, he shares clips from his film "These Birds Walk" and images from his tour of 30 mosques in 30 days — and reminds us to consider the beautiful complexity within us all.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; creativity; film; writing; TEDGlobal 2014; 2014
|Liz Coleman's call to reinvent liberal arts education - TED.com|
Bennington president Liz Coleman delivers a call-to-arms for radical reform in higher education. Bucking the trend to push students toward increasingly narrow areas of study, she proposes a truly cross-disciplinary education -- one that dynamically combines all areas of study to address the great problems of our day.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; collaboration; creativity; education; future; politics; social change; TED2009; 2009
|David Kelley on human-centered design - TED.com|
IDEO’s David Kelley says that product design has become much less about the hardware and more about the user experience. He shows video of this new, broader approach, including footage from the Prada store in New York.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; arts; collaboration; creativity; culture; design; museums; philanthropy; shopping; water; 2002
|Tom Wujec on 3 ways the brain creates meaning - TED.com|
Information designer Tom Wujec talks through three areas of the brain that help us understand words, images, feelings, connections. In this short talk from TEDU, he asks: How can we best engage our brains to help us better understand big ideas?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; brain; creativity; design; presentation; technology; visualizations; 2009
|Craig Venter is on the verge of creating synthetic life - TED.com|
"Can we create new life out of our digital universe?" Craig Venter asks. His answer is "yes" -- and pretty soon. He walks through his latest research and promises that we'll soon be able to build and boot up a synthetic chromosome.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; alternative energy; creativity; energy; genetics; global issues; invention; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination - TED.com|
Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that's inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine -- from toys to satellite gear. Because, as he says, "You don't need anyone's permission to make something great."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; open-source; robots; technology; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Rob Legato: The art of creating awe - TED.com|
Rob Legato creates movie effects so good they (sometimes) trump the real thing. In this warm and funny talk, he shares his vision for enhancing reality on-screen in movies like Apollo 13, Titanic and Hugo.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; arts; creativity; culture; entertainment; film; history; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Jacek Utko designs to save newspapers - TED.com|
Jacek Utko is an extraordinary Polish newspaper designer whose redesigns for papers in Eastern Europe not only win awards, but increase circulation by up to 100%. Can good design save the newspaper? It just might.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; business; creativity; culture; design; media; 2009
|Karen Thompson Walker: What fear can teach us - TED.com|
Imagine you're a shipwrecked sailor adrift in the enormous Pacific. You can choose one of three directions and save yourself and your shipmates — but each choice comes with a fearful consequence too. How do you choose? In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker shows how fear propels imagination, as it forces us to imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; creativity; death; entertainment; fear; storytelling; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012